U17 Nationals Wrap up

AON U17 National BBall champs in Kilbirnie Wellington by Bruce Martin

19 boys and 17 Girls teams contested the four-day tournament which concluded on Saturday

All four Waitaha Canterbury teams made promising starts to the championship but wiltered under pressure in the Quarter-final action on Friday. The teams consist of players from both Canterbury and North Canterbury.

In Quarter-final action on FridayWaitaha Canterbury Red Boys had a handy 80-72 lead over Auckland with 6.03 remaining in the final quarter, however Auckland tightened its game and attacked the Canterbury defences strongly, drawing repeated fouls. In that period Auckland shooters racked up three field goals and an amazing 15 from 16 free throws to put out Waitaha Canterbury Red 95-86. Arch-rival Otago then defeated Waitaha Canterbury Red 101-73 in the 5-8 semi.

Waitaha Canterbury Red finished 7th after beating Manawatu 76-53 in the play-off on Saturday.

Meanwhile in the Boys 9-16 Quarter-final Waitaha Canterbury Black disposed of Capital 112- 97, then in the Boys 9-12 Semi-final Waitaha Canterbury Black edged Rotorua 81-74. In the play-off for 9th place Waitaha Canterbury Black edged clear of Waitakere West 105-96.

Wellington claimed the Boys U17 title beating Auckland in the Grand-Final 95-90. Auckland trailed 62-66 at the three-quarter mark and levelled on several occasions in the final closing minutes before Wellington clinched the title.

Sam Jenkins – Waitaha Red made the Boys Tournament team.

Both the Waitaha Canterbury Red and Black girls teams made their respective Quarter-finals with the Red girls team topping their pool but was narrowly beaten 67-71 in the Friday morning Quarter-final by Manawatu. Taranaki thumped the Waitaha Canterbury Black girls 97-48 in the other quarter.

In the 5-8 semi’s Waitaha Canterbury Red Girls in turn was beaten by Waitakere West 63-57 while Waitaha Canterbury Black Girls were edged 63-57 by Roturua.

Both sides meet in the 7th place play-off with Waitaha Canterbury Red Girls coming out on top, winning 78-47.

Taranaki claimed the Girls U17 title, beating Waikato 70-62.

 




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